26th May, 2017

Police appeal for witnesses to Leamington FC fan assault following Redditch Utd play off win

Leamington Editorial 30th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE are appealing for a Leamington FC fan who was assaulted after the team won a play off semi final to come forward.

Officers say a man was punched in the face and pushed over by a Redditch United fan following the team’s victory in the Southern League Premier Play-off semi final on Wednesday (April 27).

The attacker has since been arrested but police would like to speak to the victim and any other witnesses to the incident.

During the game at the Valley Stadium there were reports of some minor problems between fans near to the Cedar Road stand, which resulted in security staff being employed in the area.

The game eventually went to penalties and Leamington won with a small minority of Leamington fans invading the pitch.

A Redditch teenager is then believed to have entered the playing field and punched a Leamington fan in the face and pushed him over.

The victim left the field of play while police were dealing with this incident and has not come forward.

After the match, around 30 fans from each team were in the roadway between the ground and Bromsgrove Road and officers stepped in to prevent any further problems.

A police spokesperson said: “It is clear a small minority of spectators were intent on causing disorder on the night and due to the good planning of both clubs this has been well managed.

“The police have acted and intervened when needed and it is sad the minority have spoilt the enjoyment for the majority of fans watching a fantastic game of football.

“The police will be reviewing CCTV and will work with both clubs to ensure we deal with any criminal offences that have occurred during the night.

“We would appeal to anyone who has any video footage or witnessed any incidents during the game to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.